Indigenous Media Hires Ben Fast, Maira Nevarez as EVPs

Former Weinstein Company executive Fast joins the development team under principal Jake Avnet

Indigenous Media, the next-generation media company formed Jon Avnet, Rodrigo Garcia and Jake Avnet, has hired Ben Fast as executive VP of development and Maira Nevarez as executive VP of finance and operations. Both executives will report to Jake Avnet.

Fast previously served as director of scripted television at the Weinstein Company, while Nevarez served as VP of finance for E! Entertainment and Esquire Television Networks at NBC Universal.

Indigenous Media produces and distributes original content across emerging and traditional platforms worldwide, and the company has plans for an aggressive development and production slate in 2016.

“We are looking forward to ramping up development and production of content across multiple platforms in 2016 which is why we are expanding our senior management team,” said Jon Avnet.

“Ben and Maira bring strong traditional media experience coupled with entrepreneurial spirit and digital know how,” added Rodrigo Garcia.

At the Weinstein Company, Fast worked on “War & Peace” starring Paul Dano and Lily James, which will premiere in January on Lifetime, A&E and History, as well as NBC’s upcoming miniseries “The Reaper.” He also packaged shows with Gran Via and The Firm and developed with Oscar-nominated writers Bill Broyles and Stephen Rivele, as well as Cami Delavigne, Luke Greenfield, Hannah Shakespeare and Grant Myers, among others.

Before joining TWC, Fast produced several digital shorts and series and wrote for “Leverage” on TNT.

Prior to NBC Universal, Nevarez served as director of finance business licensing support at Paramount Pictures and VP of finance at Univision and TeleFutura Television Group.

Indigenous Media recently announced that it is partnering with “The Hunger Games” star Josh Hutcherson for the first of four incubators it will roll out over 2016. Powered by the Black List, the first incubator is specifically designed to discover and mentor emerging filmmakers focused on the young adult market.